For example, the early Tarzan movies and a few episodes of Sea Hunt were filmed here. During the 30 years Tarzan filmed here, a few monkeys that were used in the movies kind of liked the area, escaped, and lived quite happily on the river until they were relocated.
For years, Silver Springs was a pretty popular destination. It was even used as a concert venue and top country music artists performed here. But as with most older attractions in Florida, it finally lost visitors to bigger and shinier attractions further south. It finally closed in 2012, and became part of the State Park system.
The only boat ride that remains is, thankfully, the glass bottom boats. Canoers and kayakers can now enter the park from the river. Silver Springs had beautiful gardens and trails, and the State Park system has kept them and even expanded the trail system.
Unfortunately, the animals have been relocated to zoos, so if you were wanting to see an alligator on your trip to Florida, I'm sorry to tell you, you won't find them here. Well, at least not in captivity anyway.